Multiply Happiness

Yes, another card…I was busy last night having fun playing challenges I’d missed the past week! And that is how I plan to spend today! I’ll start my taxes tomorrow, yeah, tomorrow.

by Karen @ Carefree Creations - Multiply Happiness

I created this card for the CASology cue Flame.

I, like many others, chose to work with candles. For me it actually started with the sentiment “…as each candle is added to your cake”. That just called for a card with lots of candles. And since I was going to add lots of candles – they needed to be a rainbow!

A few weeks ago I took an Online Cards class and the first lesson was about craftmanship. I tried hard on this card, but the fates were against me! Thankfully I think I salvaged it.

First I used my pencil to mark where each of the 7 candles would go (a rainbow being 7 colors). Then I proceeded to stamp only 6 colors, sigh. So I trimmed the card down… it is an odd 4 3/4 x 4 1/4 – not quite square, not quite rectangle.

I had drawn a top line where I wanted the candle tops to be. I managed not to hit my top mark, but as it turns out, I think this is better…any closer to the top and it would have felt claustrophobic.

In erasing my pencil marks, apparently I didn’t wait quite long enough and smudged some ink. Thankfully I stopped quickly and the damage was minimal – and easily removed by scrapping off, very lightly, with an Xacto knife (a lesson I learned in the class!!).

Finally I managed to stamp my sentiment just off center enough to bug the heck out of me (but it was late and done was done, lol).

I still adore this card, despite the problems (which now that I’ve shared them with you, you’ll notice too 😉 ).

Oh and here are some tidbits you might actually want to know:

  • The flames were inked with Summer Sunrise, then the bottoms touched with Poppy – then to really blend them, I inked again with Summer Sunrise.
  • The curve around the sentiment is hand-cut, as is the mat.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Multiply Happiness
Stamps: Hullabaloo (Paper Smooches); Stylish Sentiments-Birthday (Papertrey Ink);
Ink/Card Stock: White, Black, Pure Poppy, Orange Zest, Harvest Gold, New Leaf, Blueberry Sky (I *always* want to call this Blueberry Pie, I think PTI missed out on this!!), Winter Wisteria, Summer Sunrise (Papertrey Ink);

10 thoughts on “Multiply Happiness

  1. I too learn all my lessons the hard way (especially the ‘wait until it’s dry’ lesson – I fail that one over and over!) I love this card – it feels very balanced and I never thought indigo deserved a whole place on the rainbow anyway! Thanks so much for playing along with us at CASology this week!

  2. I love the colors you chose, these candles are great and perfect for male & female, young or old! I find the harder I try for perfection, the more I mess it up 🙂 Thanks for playing along at CASology this week!

  3. I’m glad you persevered with your card because it’s fabulous! Love the curved sentiment and the way you inked the flames. Thanks for playing along with CASology this week!

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